67,000 people in Iowa and 40,000 individuals in Nebraska are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Duane Gross, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s Association Midlands Chapter, says this is an epidemic without a cure. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that is characterized by loss of memory.
Gross says the job of the Alzheimer’s Association is to stand with those who’ve been diagnosed throughout the progression of the disease. Part of their mission includes helping people lower their risk of dementia.
"To share with young people and adults, ways that they can lower their risk. And one of the first things I would say is exercise is one of the best things you can do. What is good for your heart is good for your brain. Keeping socially active is very important throughout your life to keep your mental acuity.”
Gross says The Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes place September 30th at Chalco Hills Recreation Area.